Molalla is a city in Clackamas County, Oregon, which, like the river it was named after, took its name from the Molala Native American tribe. The Molalla post office was first established near Liberal, Oregon, in 1850 but was closed a year later, then re-opened again in 1868. This second attempt lasted until 1874 when it was closed a second time. The Molalla post office was resurrected again in 1876, at Molalla's present location and has remained there ever since. The city got its first stoplight in 2005, a result of increased business activity and the resulting traffic. Today Molalla is surrounded by agricultural farms, tree farms which practice selective and sustainable logging, and numerous rock quarries. These have traditionally been the sources of its economy but the city is now diversifying into commercial industries too.
RV rentals in Clackamas County are numerous enough to guarantee that vacationers will find the exact RV make and model they require. There are some other towns and cities that are notable and worth investigating. Gresham was originally known as Powell's Valley, after the two brothers who were the first to settle there in 1851. Salem is the capital city of Oregon and the county seat of Marion County. Albany has a council-manager government, run by an unelected city manager (rather than a traditional mayor). McMinnville was named after the hometown of its founder, William T. Newby, in Tennessee. Beaverton is a city in Washington County, Oregon, and one of its economic centers; it is home to numerous industries and corporations. Your Molalla RV trailer rental is how this epic vacation starts; where it takes you and how it finishes is in your hands.
The Great Outdoors
Tillamook State Forest is a lush green landscape covering the northern Coast Range Mountains. There is an interpretive and educational center at the heart of this forest, which is the result of a massive public reforestation project. The forest center has a 40-foot replica forest fire lookout tower and a long pedestrian suspension bridge leading from the center into the forest. The park has both motorized and non-motorized trails that can be used for hiking and other activities.
Silver Falls State Park is a semi-developed outdoor recreation area with a campground for tent and RV camping and has cabins. Trails throughout the park allow for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding; one of them, a moderate hike, takes you past a number of waterfalls. One of the waterfalls allows visitors to walk behind the fall and see it from inside. The park has restrooms and showers, and picnic tables. Park your Molalla camper rental here and you can enjoy the pristine outdoor environment and then return to your home creature comforts at will.
Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center is a suburban nature preserve with walking and hiking trails and viewing platforms where people can watch the wildlife and take photographs. The preserve is a protected area for vegetation and tree stands, mammals, reptiles, and bird species.
There are numerous RV parks and campgrounds near Molalla. Some of them may have mobile homes and/or long-term renters. Your Molalla travel trailer rental is how you combine the luxury of a hotel room with the serenity of the great outdoors.
Roamers Rest RV Park is a developed RV campground with paved roads, cement pads, and laundry facilities. It has restrooms and showers, wireless internet, and a good stand of trees providing shade. The sites have full hookups and pull-through access and can be rented by the day, week, or month to RVs only.
Riverside RV Park is a family-friendly RV campground near the Molalla River and is within walking distance of restaurants and shopping centers. The park has restrooms with showers, laundry facilities, and a recreation room. Individual sites have full hookups and are big rig friendly.
Exploring The City
There is a lot to do in Molalla, so visitors should get an early start to make the most of their trip (or not; this is, after all, your vacation). The region has several animal farms where guests can get up close with alpacas and sheep, elk, and many other species. There are vineyards, wineries, and farms; several of the farms have a good selection of flowers and herbs. One outdoor adventure company offers river rafting and another offers hot air balloon rides. Of course, there is no greater ride than one in which you are in control, and that's where RV vacations shine the best. Hit the open road in your Molalla motorhome rental and see what you can find on your own spontaneous, self-guided tour.
Dining out in Molalla and the surrounding area is another experience you will enjoy. There is a wide selection of restaurants to choose from and prices range from inexpensive to moderately priced and fine dining. Some restaurants require reservations. One local delicatessen is easy on the wallet but you wouldn't know it from the food. Meals are ordered at the counter from a menu listing hot and cold sandwiches which come with a dill pickle. It has an outdoor grill where guests can watch their meal being prepared while enjoying a frosty beer, either commercial brand or a micro-brewery special. Especially recommended is the sink sandwich, which needs no explanation. A local diner specializes in breakfasts and brunch, and their waffle plates are a treasure waiting to be discovered. Portions are large at most of these venues, so expect to be leaving with a doggy bag. Better yet, get takeout and enjoy it in the comfort of your Molalla luxury RV rental. Nothing says vacation like enjoying your meal outside in the fresh air, seated in your favorite lawn chair, and that is how RV vacations roll.